Science: Planned Pestilence

Man-made pestilence still walks in the darkness of military secrecy. But in the current Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, George W. Merck, president of Merck & Co., tells a little bit about U.S. experiments for possible biological warfare.

Early in the war U.S. authorities suspected that the enemy might be assembling task forces of death-dealing microorganisms. Against this possibility, however remote, defensive measures were needed. Since no one knew how the germ attack might be launched, the only thing to do was to study all the possible offensive methods and develop defenses...

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